(Closed) The next step in crate training

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We crate our 8 month old puppy Lola.

When we first got her, I came home every day at lunch to let her out. When she was about 6 months, I stopped coming home for a few days to see how she did and she did great! No accidents. Since then, I hardly ever come home at lunch and she’s still really good about holding it.

But we let Lola eat whenever she wants (her bowl is always full) and she rarely ever eats in the morning while we’re getting ready for work. She usually doesn’t even drink anything. So this could be why she can hold it all day? Have you done a test run with Frankie to see how he does all day?

Post # 5
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Ranger just turned 8 months old, and he’s perfectly fine staying in the crate all day if he needs to. We feed him breakfast around 6:00 in the morning, and he can stay in the kennel all day after that with no accidents if needed. Currently, he’s only in there from about 7:30 to 1:00, then Mr. Cardigan comes home for lunch and to let him out… but there have definitely been days where he’s been in there until 4 or 4:30, and no accidents! It’s definitely possible, it just might take some time for your puppy to get used to it.

Post # 6
401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would say you just need to feed him first thing when you wake up so then he can go outside and take care of his “morning poop” before you leave. If he goes out about an hour after you shouldn’t have any problems.

I’m a cat owner though so they just go when they want in their boxes =p. I grew up with dogs and they were always left home during the day, my Mom would do just what I said, feed them first thing and let them out last thing before you go.

Post # 7
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Maybe try giving him a very small amount of food for breakfast as soon as you get up.  Then I would try to walk/exercise him before you leave to get a poop out if possible.  


Post # 8
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I feed my dog at about 5:30 in the morning. Then around 6 I take her for a 20minute walk/run. As soon as we get back in she almost always goes to the bathroom. Is this something you could maybe try?

Post # 9
336 posts
Helper bee

Definitely stick with the twice daily feeding. I would walk (or let outside, w/e your routine is), feed, walk again before crating and if he is doing well so far, slowly extend the time he stays in the crate. As long as he remains accident free you should be able to work up to the full day without worrying 🙂

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